Bloom with Hope

handmade card using the Bloom with Hope stamp set and Blendabilities

Bloom with Hope (wood – 133949, clear – 133952) was the first stamp set I ordered when the 2014-2015 catalog was released. This hostess set  is perfect for coloring with Blendabilities. We have a friend whose 25 year old grandson passed away yesterday so this card is for them. You can order the supplies used for this card by clicking on the images at the end of this post. Contact me to host a workshop to earn the hostess set, Bloom with Hope.

I have a tip to go along with this card. Don’t hold your blendabilities marker over your project or even anywhere near it when pulling off the cap of the marker. Twice now ink has splattered on my work. The last time, I started over on the card but this time I camouflaged the  ink spots by sponging Baked Brown Sugar over the card stock. As is often the case, the fix is better than the original idea! :o)

Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza starts tomorrow! Have you checked out all the great deals and made a shopping list yet? Remember that there are some great Door Busters tomorrow. Check out my Friday post to see what I am talking about and to see my own Soggy Stamper Black Week specials. This link allows you to download a PDF listing the specials.Online_Extravaganza_Products_US. Let the shopping begin!

 

Awesome Black Week Deals!

Wow! Black Friday becomes Black Week at Stampin’ Up! starting next Monday! Click here Online_Extravaganza_Products_US-8 to download all the great items that are on sale for up to 50% off. Notice that there will be special one day only deals on Monday, Nov 24 and Dec 1.

To sweeten the deal, I am offering two Soggy Stamper Black Friday offers starting Nov 24 and running through Dec 2.

Soggy Stamper Black Week Specials

FREE shipping!
You must email me your order so I can place it for you to give you free shipping. I will accept payment by PayPal, credit card, or check if you are local.

$25 Gift Certificate for $20
No limit of quantity and can be used for both product and classes.

These Soggy Stamper specials are offered only by me and the gift certificates can only be redeemed through me. I know that at this time of year you are thinking gifts for others and that you need to spend wisely. What better way to spend wisely than spoiling yourself a little at such great savings! Go check out the Online Extravaganza, Online_Extravaganza_Products_US now!

Terrific Tuesday – New Weekly Deals

Can’t let the day go by without sharing the new Weekly Deals with you. Click on the images for more details and to order them.

Dryer Sheets and Intricate Dies

Karen Burniston of Pop It Up Dies made this wonderful video on an even better way to prevent the paper from sticking in your thinlits and other intricate dies. Check it out below.

She recommends frangrance free dryer sheets that you can get at dollar stores. I’m off to give this a try. Hope this helps minimize your frustration with Stampin’ Up!’s thinlits and framelits. Check out the variety of dies available on my online store. You can order them 24/7 here.

Friday Tip for Tying Bows

How can it be Friday already??? The weeks just seem to be flying by. I have a really great tip for you today. I have struggled and struggled when tying a ribbon around a card front to keep the knot tight while tying the bow. It usually slips and the ribbon around the card front is too loose. But I got a brilliant idea last Tuesday while tying a ribbon around this card. I placed a glue dot on the card front where I wanted the knot to be and made my first knot. Then I pressed this knot down onto the glue dot. Voila! The knot stayed tight! Then I made the second part of a square knot with no trouble. Such a simple solution. Give it a try.

I couldn’t let the week go by without sharing this week’s Weekly Deals. Click on the images below to get more details and order the ones you want. These sale prices expire Monday night to order them now.

Ornamental Pine Meets Northern Flurry

 

Handmade Christmas card using Ornamental Pine stamp set and Northern Flurry Tea Light HolderIf you had come to my class last Tuesday, you would have learned how to make this beautiful vellum tea light holder and matching Christmas card.

We cut card stock vellum with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies (135853). Then we dry embossed the pieces with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120902) and the Big Shot. We curled the pieces slightly with bone folders.

Next we stamped the pine cone from the Ornamental Pine stamp set (wood – 135104, clear – 135107) twice on Whisper White card stock with Soft Suede Suede ink and cut them out. Dazzling Details (124117) was applied to the white areas of the pine cones and then they were cut out. A little Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) was used to attach them to a short piece of Linen Thread (104199) and attached to just one side of the overlapping flaps of the box.

A bow of Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon (135841) was attached on top with a glue dot. We placed a flameless tea light inside. I love the soft glow of the tea light through the vellum and the embossed area gives a lacy look to the box. See other Curvy Keepsake Boxes I have created here and here.

To go along with the tea light holder we created a Christmas card with a vellum overlay. The overlay was embossed with the Northern Flurry embossing folder and applied to the Soft Sky card base with SNAIL adhesive along the top edge. A length of the Lost Lagoon ribbon was tied around the card front to cover where the vellum was attached. The pine bough was stamped on the Soft Sky card base in the lower right corner. We used the Noel framelit from the Wondrous Wreath Framelits Dies (135851) to cut out the word from Gold Glimmer paper (133719) and glued it to the vellum layer with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Do you need the supplies for these projects or are you running out of some of your other supplies? Just click on the links above or on the pictures below to go to my online store to order them. I appreciate your business! :o)

Thanks Veterans!

 

Veteran's day photo Today our nation stops to remember, honor, and thank our veterans. Words can hardly be enough to repay their sacrifice of time, comfort, often horrible injuries, and often death to protect our freedom. There is more you can do. Here is an article listing ways you can get involved in supporting the members of our military in a variety of ways. http://www.military.com/spouse/military-life/military-resources/how-to-support-our-troops.html

If you are like me, you probably have a stash of cards you have made but never mailed out. What better way to use them than to send them to our troops overseas and in hospitals to encourage them while they are on active duty.

One group I particularly like is From Our Hearts, http://www.fromourhearts.info/. This wonderful group of stampers recognizes the need for military personnel oversea to have access to greeting cards to send back home to their family and friends. There are no Hallmark stores or any of the big box stores that also carry greeting cards. Typically these cards are sent to the chaplain who puts them out in the chapel for anyone to take for free. Sometimes a box of hundreds of cards is gone within two hours so you know the demand is high. Box up those cards and even make a bunch just for this purpose and send them to From Our Hearts. All the information you need is on their website.

Other groups of stampers who send cards that you might consider are:

Now go gather up your stash of cards and share them with those who are sacrificing for our freedom!

 

MDS Monday – Downtown Grunge

digital scrapbook page using photo frames from the Downtown Grunge Photobook Templates downloadWelcome to MDS Monday. As the November guest designer on the MDS Monday blog, I bring you this great birthday scrapbook page. The sketch is by Beth and I particularly love the frames around her photo places.

sketch for digital scrapbook page for MDS Monday challenge 90So I went on a search and found them in one of my favorite downloads, Downtown Grunge Photobook Templates (126056). I have used the wrinkled pattern of its designer series papers frequently for a distressed background on cards and scrapbook pages but had never paid any attention to the frames that come with the download. I really like the way the corners of the frames make the photos look a little distressed.

The greeting is from the Little Milestones Birthdays Greeting Card Template Set (129890). It originally said ‘Have a Monstrous 3rd Birthday.’ Thanks to the stamp cropping tool, I was able to crop off the ‘Have a Monstrous’ part.

Of course, I had to add an overlay to create interest in the background without distracting from the rest of the page so I added the swirl stripe pattern of the Decorative Overlays stamp set (129880) and changed the color to Pink Pirouette .

Now it’s your turn. Create a scrapbook page or card from this template and then go to the MDS Monday blog to link back to your blog. Click here. While you are there, check out the other samples.

MDS Monday Challenge 89

Digital Scrapbook Page for MDS Monday Challenge 89I am so honored to be a guest designer on the MDS Monday blog design team for November! This is my first post in that capacity.

I love these pictures of our great-granddaughters. I used the Daffodil Delight Pom-pom trim as it resembles the dandelions the one child is holding. I also colored the splatters with Daffodil Delight for the same reason.

Here is the sketch:

Sketch for the MDSM89 digital scrapbook challengeI challenge you to create a card or scrapbook page based on this sketch. These are the specifics of the challenge:

Challenge Guidelines:
Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the Challenge Graphic above within your post.
Link directly to your Post for this challenge, not your entire blog. (So we can find your project)
You can create a Card, Scrap Page or 3-D Object with the Sketch.

Then go post it on the MDS Monday blog here. You will also be able to see what the other design team members have done with the sketch.

 

Tag You’re Tagged!

handmade Christmas TagsDid you know that handmade Christmas tags are quick and easy to make? I have made Christmas cards galore but have not stopped to make tags until this weekend. I whipped these out in less the 30 min. These would make a great hostess gift when you go to holiday parties because people are always doing last minute gift wrapping. They would welcome some cute or elegant gift tags.

I used the For the Birds stamp set (wood – 132001, clear – 126407) for the first tag. This little bird ice-skating makes me smile. I stamped the image with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (132708) and colored it in with various Blendabilities. I cut it out with one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003). The end of the tag is punched with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch (133324). Notice the Cherry Cobbler rhinestones on the tag? The regular self-adhesive rhinestones were colored with the darkest shade of Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

The second tag also uses a Cherry Cobbler cardstock base. If you cut a strip just slightly narrower than 2″, it will fit perfectly in the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch. You can make the tag any length you want. I cut another strip just under 2″ wide from a Gold Foil Sheet (132622), punched it with the tag topper then punched the bottom with the Confetti Star Punch (135861). Next I put it into the Lucky Stars embossing folder (135817) so the punched end was outside the folder and ran it through the Big Shot. I trimmed the Gold Foil layer so it was shorter than the Cherry Cobbler and adhered the two together with SNAIL adhesive. I stamped Peace & Joy from the Good Greetings October hostess special set on Whisper White cardstock, cut it out with a Bitty Banners Framelits die (129267), curled the ends and mounted it with glue dots.

Order any of the supplies I used for these tags by clicking on the links above or on the images below. Now I’m off to make more tags!